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Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat is a genre all to his own. His new opus, Universalists, out May 4th on Joyful Noise in US and Glitterbeat in Europe, sees the New York experimental composer refining his skills not only as guitarist and bandleader, but also as a producer. His followup to 2015's acclaimed Director sees Gat experimenting with splicing live-to-tape recordings of his live trio in ways that draw from everything between contemporary avant-garde to electric era Miles Davis to Brazilian experimentalists Os Mutantes (with which Yonatan recently released a split 7",) pushing the envelope in ways that only a few can.

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The Coathangers

In their thirteen years of existence, Atlanta’s tireless garage punks The Coathangers have cranked out five full-lengths and well over a dozen singles, splits, and EPs. Considering the band’s initial aspirations to merely hang out and play a few house parties, their relentless touring schedule is perhaps the greatest testament to the lasting power of their scrappy hook-laden records and the infectious energy radiating from their live shows.

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Shannon and the Clams

Over the last decade, Shannon and her chief collaborator, guitarist Cody Blanchard, have released four albums of 60s-inspired pop on indie labels, toured tirelessly and have gradually solidified a lineup of devoted Bay Area musicians, Nate Mahan on drums and Will Sprott on keyboards. In this current iteration, Shannon & The Clams have developed notoriety for lively and genuine stage performances and a zealous following that craves their particular authenticity and innovation on classic sounds.

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Shout Out Out Out Out

It is not uncommon for a band to be a product of their environment, but Shout Out Out Out Out is certainly a group as rich in paradox and contrast as the 780 area code. Edmonton is about as remote an outpost of a major city as you'll find anywhere in Canada, yet close to a million people choose to live there. Why would anyone choose to live there? Why would anyone choose to base a band there? Maybe it's because it takes a band like Shout Out Out Out Out to embrace their surroundings and use these harsh realities as motivation to actually do something, and to realize that if you're going to try to do something in Edmonton, there is no point in doing it halfway.

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Terra Lightfoot

With New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing.

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The Courtneys

The Courtneys drift back to the sound of the early '90s, drawing from strong influences including Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and The Clean. Courtney Loove's dreamy guitar riffs add a timeless powerpop element to the punk backbone formed by Sydney Koke's driving basslines, while drummer/lead singer Jen Twynn Payne delivers heartfelt lyrics with a powerful vocal style. These components come together through a passionate collaborative songwriting process to deliver a special blend of fuzzy "artisanal grunge".

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Bison

Vancouver metal veterans BISON are making a devastating return with their brand new album titled “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient”; already a serious contender for the “album title of the year” award. After 2012’s Lovelessness, the four-piece’s last album for Metal Blade Records, the band was joined by Shane Clark on bass, former lead guitarist of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. The EP „1000 Needles“, released in 2014, already hinted at what to expect from their 5th full length album: a thundering opus of epic filth and splendor.

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Little Destroyer

Like blaring synth across the ruins of some dystopian landscape, LITTLE DESTROYER rebel against the quiet with heavy electronics, guitars and dissonant grunge pop anthems. Catchy, loud and energetic as hell, this three-piece will either leave you thrashing, dancing or simply standing in awe.

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Close Talker

Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, and international attention from revered and critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Close Talker is a band born and raised in the Canadian prairies, made up of childhood friends Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Christopher Morien. Since becoming a trio in the summer of 2015, the band has now honed their craft, creating a more vast and iconic sound that is turning heads and drawing crowds around the world.

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Surf Dads

The music video for “All My Friends,” the newest by Regina band Surf Dads opens with campy, cursive lettering that inform us that we’re actually watching a home video set in 1977. It’s adorably dorky and feels particularly in line with the Regina band that’s been described my many as sounding like “Weezer on speed.” Fronted by vocalist Gage McMcGuire and drummer Chris Dimas, the prarie punk(ish) outfit deliver shout along power-pop that searches for sunshine through riffs. It’s brazen and gregarious and demands a pit of sweaty kids for maximum impact.

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